Banana Republic Heads To the Tropics For Spring 2012

Banana Republic's Creative Director Simon Kneen took inspiration from the tropical colors of Rio and utilitarian Safari dressing for the label's Spring 2012 collection.

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Banana Republic's Spring 2012 collection takes its cues from 1950s silhouettes, tropical florals and utilitarian safari dressing.
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Simon Kneen, Banana Republic's Creative Director, told us this collection "is all about tailoring."
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The presentation, held at a West Chelsea loft space, was divided into three vignettes -- Tailored Ease, Modern Safari and Rio Romance.
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There are 1950s silhouettes throughout the collection including this pale chartreuse jacquard dress paired with a black, khaki and white print scarf. Hairstylist Jimmy Paul created a messy bouffant look that felt just right.
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The safari looks in the collection -- which recall Banana Republic's khaki heavy heritage -- were standouts.
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Kneen modernized that khaki heritage with unexpected pairings like this stone safari shirt dress paired with an antique gold sequin skirt.
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There is a new shoe team in place in Banana Republic, which brought the label's footwear in a new direction.
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The shoes are color blocked, and options include demure round toe pumps and platforms.
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One of the new bag shapes the retailer debuted for spring is the Karlie -- a retro leather top handle bag.
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Some of the biggest trends from the Spring runways were incorporated into the collection, including the peplum waist.
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While most of the collection was neutral there were pops of chartreuse, red, watermelon and "explosive florals" in the words of Kneen.
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While tailoring was a clear focus of the collection, there were easier and more relaxed shapes including this chocolate tribal print knit patio dress.
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The men's pieces in the collection were particularly strong, including madras jackets, double-breasted suits in summer weight wool, and khaki suiting.
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